Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disease)

A doctor and a patient with osteogenesis imperfecta

Although there’s no cure just yet for osteogenesis imperfecta, our world-renowned orthopedics experts at Nemours are here to help. We’re dedicated to helping children with brittle bone disease develop increased bone mass and muscle strength, prevent or control osteogenesis imperfecta symptoms and become as independently mobile as possible.

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Children born with the genetic disorder osteogenesis imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease) have bones that break easily — often from little or no apparent cause. These fractures are due to a collagen defect that causes the bones to be excessively fragile (collagen is a protein that makes up the framework of the body — the bones, skin, cartilage, etc.).

At Nemours, we believe in a strong doctor-patient relationship and understand that each child with osteogenesis imperfecta has unique needs. That means we'll work together to determine your child's specific needs when it comes to:

  • seating: seating devices to encourage healthy posture and prevent bowing of the long bones
  • adaptive equipment: to help your child get around and function day-to-day
  • counseling
  • orthopedic intervention